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Student Poster Registration opens
Friday, April 12 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All senior science honors thesis students at Dartmouth are invited to participate in the annual Christopher G. Reed Science Competition as part of the Wetterhahn Poster Session and Symposium. The competition is hosted by the Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Interested honors thesis students need to register their intent to participate on line by the deadline noted.
The Reed Competition, named in memory of the late Professor of Biology and chapter officer Christopher Reed, is sponsored by Dartmouth College's Sigma Xi Chapter and offers all senior science, math and engineering majors who are doing an honors thesis project the opportunity to present their research to others in the Dartmouth community and to compete for cash awards. You will be notified by email of your individual presentation time to the judges. Bring your poster to Life Sciences Center at least one-half hour prior to your presentation time. Check in on the first floor to find out your poster location and get your name tag.
The Competition is judged on symposium day by a panel of Sigma Xi members. The judges' evaluation is based on the quality and quantity of research and the effectiveness of the student's presentation. Seniors who participate in this competition and complete their thesis will be nominated for Associate Membership in Sigma Xi.
The Competition is in the format of a poster presentation. Poster presentations are a common feature of many scientific meetings and the Reed Competition will provide you with experience in communicating your research in this format. During the afternoon (~12:00 p.m. to ~3:00 p.m.) of symposium day each participant will be given ~5 minutes to summarize his/her poster to the judges and will then be expected to entertain a few questions on their project.
The Wetterhahn Symposium will officially begin at 4:00 p.m. that afternoon with the recognition of several awards, including winners of the Reed Competition and a keynote address. The keynote talk will be followed by the poster session from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., where all participants will be expected to be on hand to informally speak with symposium attendees and other participants. Each year the symposium attracts a wide range of students, faculty, administrators and community members, so it will provide you with an excellent opportunity to show others what you have accomplished this year. You should include this event as a presentation on your resume.
In the photo above, Professor Dean Wilcox (chemistry) presents Sigma Xi's first place to Hannah Baranes '12 for her poster "Surface exposure dating of the Huancané III moraines in Peru: a record from the last Glacial Maximum in the tropics."
The award-winning posters from the Sigma Xi - Christopher Reed Competition will be framed and put on display for the year following the Wetterhahn Science Symposium in Kresge Physical Sciences Library's student science research exhibit.
Information about preparing effective scientific posters is available under Student Information.
If you have specific questions, contact Professor Dean Wilcox, President of the Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, or Kathy.Weaver@Dartmouth.edu, Symposium Coordinator.
Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world.
Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The Society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.
Last Updated: 4/19/13